Category: Press Releases

(Last update: 17 February 2023)

Filmmakers for Future reaches 1000 signatures

17 February 2023 in Press Releases

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We are Filmmakers because we love to tell stories. We are for Future, so we don’t become the story.
Even without superheroes - what we can create in cinema, we can also achieve in real life. Our biggest problem can also be the solution: us.
Instead of changing the climate let's change the way we work. More than 1,000 filmmakers from around the world have already joined our cause and signed our statement. You want to get involved as well? Look no further!

This voluntary commitment is not a certificate or a free pass to stop thinking about our actions.
With your signature you show your commitment and signal that the climate crises is real and important to you.
Signing can therefore only be a start. For a concrete plan to act and produce more sustainably we at Filmmakers for Future recommend seeking advice from local green consultants.

We are grateful to all signatories who support this ideal and strive to improve their environmental impact. Because whether in front of or behind the camera, team cinema or couch, popcorn sweet or salty: We must unite and act together! Let's change before the climate changes in even more threatening ways.

If you enjoy telling stories, join in on the biggest one:

Us against the climate crisis.

Press Release on the Global Climate Strike

20 September 2021 in Press Releases

We, Filmmakers for Future, endorse the 10-point call for intersectional climate justice by Fridays for Future and will strike alongside them on 24th September 2021.

We demand the governments of the world to stop ignoring the predictions of the scientific community and to ambitiously protect the future generations of humankind through concrete socially just and inclusive measures!

We call on all film funding agencies, producers, policy and decision-makers, film crews, actresses and actors to strictly adhere to sustainable production practices, to issue and adopt their own policies based on the latest scientific research and publications - such as the third leaked IPPC report - and to use and distribute financial resources specifically for projects that are in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement and limiting global warming to 1.5°C.

Filmmakers for Future on Covid-19

24 April 2020 in Press Releases

The Corona crisis has shown us how vulnerable we all are. Sticking together has never been more important, especially in an industry like ours, which is dominated by fixed-term contracts and competition. Many film crews are experiencing what can be achieved when we stand up together. Others feel left alone and don't know what to do in the coming weeks and months.

Unfortunately, the current crisis also gives us a glimpse into our future unless we soon decide to tackle the issue of environmental protection just as consistently and purposefully.

  1. With the current warming, many regions are already facing more frequent and more severe extreme weather events and their consequences such as heat waves, droughts, forest fires and heavy rainfall.
  2. The effects of global warming are also a threat to human health. In addition to the direct consequences, indirect consequences of global warming such as food insecurity and the spread of pathogens must also be taken into account.
  3. If the international community fails to meet the 1.5°C limit on global warming set by the Paris Convention, considerably greater climate impacts on humans and nature can be expected in many regions of the world.
  4. In order not to exceed a warming of 1.5°C, greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced very rapidly and, in particular, net emissions of CO2 must be reduced to zero worldwide over the next 20 to 30 years
  5. Instead, CO2 emissions continue to rise. With the proposals currently on the table around the world, global warming is likely to exceed 3°C by the end of the century and then increase further due to persistent emissions and feedback effects.
  6. At current emissions, the remaining global CO2 emissions budget for the 1.5 degree path will only last for about 10 years. For the 2-degree path it is also only enough for about 25-30 years.

(1-6 extracts from Scientists for Future)

Less traffic, hardly any flights, shut-down industries... With a little "luck", the current measures to restrict public life will even enable some countries to achieve their climate targets for 2020. Unfortunately, this is not a reason to celebrate. If we continue to do the same afterwards, it will most likely have catastrophic consequences for us and especially for future generations.

The current crisis must therefore become a time of change. We need to start working now and commit ourselves to a socially and environmentally sustainable future. Our industry has quite a few issues. Diesel generators, trucks and fleets of vehicles, disposable tableware, construction materials and props, our costumes and what happens to everything afterwards. The list is almost endless.

Our objectives are simply summed up in three points
  1. Minimizing the environmental impact of our industry while maintaining socially acceptable working conditions
  2. Sustainable storytelling, i.e. what ideals do we convey and what stories do we tell
  3. Raising awareness of the crew and the public

To archive this we need you! Look around on our website and join us! A good start is a signature of our joint statement, which deals with our social responsibility. After that, we will have to work out strategies to make our industry fit for the future in a sustainable way and thus continue to tell our great stories, which are also needed for such a change.